Hand built bowl with Sgraffito surface decoration at Dublin based ceramic course. Later electric fired to 1260°C (Cone 8). www.ceramicforms.com

Pottery / Ceramic Classes

2020

All levels welcome from complete beginners to more advanced students and class numbers are limited to a maximum of 7 to ensure individual attention.

***Prior booking is essential for all weekly ceramic courses – classes are full but you will be placed on a waiting list.***

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How do the weekly pottery courses work?

Course fees include all materials (clay and decorating slip), use of equipment/tools, glazes and firing.

2020 Weekly Ceramic Class Schedule

MondayTuesdayWednesday
Morning10:30am – 12:30pm
Evening7:30 – 9:30pm7:30 – 9:30pm7:30 – 9:30pm

Please Note: weekly courses are full but if you fill in the course register form you will be placed on a waiting list.

How the Weekly Ceramic Classes Work…

How can I join?

→ First, you need to be offered a place!  Prior booking is essential for all classes.  Currently weekly classes are full but you will placed on a waiting list.   When a new place comes up the next person on the waiting list gets a spot.  Please fill in this form to be placed on the waiting list.

Please note: until the waiting list clears we are unable to put two people together on the list – places come up one at a time.

→ After you are offered a place on a course I will ask you to pay a booking deposit to hold the spot.

→ The fee for a 6 week course is €170 and includes all materials, glazes, firing of the pieces and use of equipment and tools **(Please note: There will be a fee increase to €180 from 1 February 2020.)

→ The booking deposit is €80 to hold a place.  The course fee less the deposit paid is due at the first class.

→ There is no deposit required for being placed on the waiting list.

→ After booking please note that deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Full Terms and Conditions and Payment Methods for classes are available in the FAQ section.

Student glazing a hand-built bowl. Safety First! In this studio we have a "No Gloves, No Glaze" policy! Always wear gloves while glazing! www.ceramicforms.com

It’s all about the surface…

Combustible Mixed Media

A keen area of interest at Ceramic Forms is decorating and design using combustible mixed media with ceramics.  We have been exploring this type of surface treatment in the studio for many years now and a considerable amount of knowledge has developed.

Essentially, this is adding combustible and non-combustible materials to the clay as a way to enhance surface decoration.  After firing in the kiln the magic happens as the mixed media item burns away or is altered leaving amazing patterns and textures in the slip or clay that is left behind.

Combustible materials we might add are things like paper, wood, textiles, wool, grains, seeds, poly balls & plant materials like moss.  Non-combustibles would be materials like grogs, perlite and recycled glass.  All theses materials make amazing patterns and textures in clay.

The KILN needs to be correctly VENTILATED for these materials.  If you are in a shared studio space do not add these materials without permission!

Mixed media materials as well as other materials like slips, clay, glazes, firing, use of tools are all included in the course fees.

Students of all levels can explore combustible mixed media.

For lots of examples of this mixed media surface treatement please see my Pinterest Boards.

Surface Decoration

Here at Ceramic Forms we are big into surface decoration!  As a maker I have a special interest in ceramic surface and I am very happy to share my expertise with my students.

Whether its resists such as wax, paper or latex or coloured slip decoration like marbling, stencilling, spotting, feathering, sponging, slip trailing or maybe you’d like to try glazes with different finishes like gloss, reactive, crystalline, matt, satin or dry.

Over the years I have built up a big catalogue of glazes and we have 70 + glazes available to students!

Beautiful mark marking can also be achieved by impressing with wallpaper, stones, shells, leaves, bark, textured rollers or fabric.

In addition,  surface techniques like inlaying, combing, sgraffito, carving, cutting, impressing, piercing, burnishing, modelling in relief, clay stamps or terra sigillata – can also be explored.

Students of all levels can explore these surface decoration techniques.

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Hand built vessel by Elena Annunziata at Dublin based ceramics weekend course. Glass & grogged decorating slip detail. Electric fired to 1260°C (Cone 8). www.ceramicforms.com
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Melted recycled glass

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Grog in decorating slip creating a wonderful texture.

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Layered reactive stoneware glazes finish the look!

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Toad modelled by Herle Mette Andersen at Dublin based ceramics weekend workshop. Texture was achieved by sponging decorating slips and impressing the clay with a textured stone. Electric fired to 1260°C (Cone 8). www.ceramicforms.com
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Texture was achieved with a pitted stone.

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Coloured slips & glaze combine to bring the piece to life.

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Bowl detail with glass by Cleo O'Neill #Dublin #CeramicClass #stoneware #handmade #CombustibleMixedMedia (edge is sunflower seeds in slip) #cone8 #glass #glaze #loveclay #ceramicstudio #ceramicforms
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Melted recycled glass.

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Bird seeds and perlite create an amazing coral surface!

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Coloured slips & reactive flowing glazes combine.

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Coil built jug by Annie O'Neill in crank clay body at Dublin based Wednesday evening Ceramic course. With red iron oxide dry glaze. Electric fired to 1260°C (Cone 8). www.ceramicforms.com
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Incredible glaze on coiled pot! A dry/crackle red iron oxide finish.

Course Details…

→ We cover the following hand building methods: press moulds, hump moulds, slab building, soft slabbing, coiling, pinching, patches, quilting, modelling – tailoring the method to your individual project.

→ Your approach can be sculptural or functional, representational or abstracted – the choice is yours.  And in the small class size I offer, you will be guided right through the project from building to decorating to glazing.

→ There is a strong emphasis in the courses on good construction methods, excellent finish and on first-rate decorating techniques; we use coloured slips as well as a wide palette of glazes.  As you can see from the Gallery of Student’s Work the results speak for themselves!  Almost all of my students started with me as beginners to clay.

→ We only use the best quality stoneware clay (including paper clay and porcelain at select weekend courses); as well as a wide range of coloured decorating slips and glazes.

→ Course fees include all materials (clay and decorating slip), use of equipment/tools, glazes and firing.

→ Large library of ceramic books and magazines available that students can refer to for inspiration etc.  There is also lots on ceramic inspiration on my Pinterest  page.

Collection of glazed student pieces at Dublin based ceramic class. Jug and teapot by Anna Turpin, spirit house by Rosemarie Connolly. All electric fired to 1260°C (Cone 8). www.ceramicforms.com
Figure modelled by Paula Cullen in crank clay body at Dublin based Tuesday morning pottery course. Decorating slip detail. Electric fired to 1260°C (Cone 8). www.ceramicforms.com

Who can join the classes?

→ All levels welcome from complete beginners to more advanced students and class numbers are limited to seven people to ensure individual attention.  So whether you are a total beginner, an improver or have been working with clay for years there is a place for you in these classes.

→ Currently weekly classes are full but you will placed on a waiting list.   When a new place comes up the next person on the waiting list gets a spot.  Please fill in this form to be placed on the waiting list.

→ Contrary to what you might think you do not have to be “creative” to do pottery or ceramics.  All you need is a willingness to learn and I will teach you the rest!  After all, “genius is one percent inspiration, ninety nine percent perspiration.”

Coiled & modelled sculpture by Claire Kavanagh at Dublin based Tuesday evening pottery course. A painterly approach was taken with decorating slips. Later fired in an electric kiln to 1260°C (Cone 8). www.ceramicforms.com

When can I join?

→ Well that depends!  You can join at any time as long as there is a place available.  Currently, all weekly classes are full but you will be placed on a waiting list (wait time info in link).  Please fill in this course register form to be placed on the waiting list.

→ After the initial six week course you can then join up for another six weeks if you wish, some people choose to come to classes on an ongoing basis, although this is entirely up to you.

→ All courses run all year round so no withdrawal symptoms over the summer months!

It’s all about the surface…

Combustible Mixed Media

A keen area of interest in the studio is decorating and design using combustible mixed media with ceramics.

Essentially, this is adding combustible and non-combustible materials to the clay as a way to enhance surface decoration.  After firing in the kiln the magic happens as the mixed media item burns away or is altered leaving amazing patterns and textures in the slip or clay that is left behind.

Combustible materials we might add are things like paper, wood, textiles, wool, grains, seeds, poly balls & plant materials like moss.  Non-combustibles would be materials like grogs, perlite and recycled glass.  All theses materials make amazing patterns and textures in clay.

Mixed media materials as well as other materials like slips, clay, glazes, firing, use of tools are all included in the course fees.

Students of all levels can explore combustible mixed media.

For lots of examples of this mixed media surface treatement please see my Pinterest Board on Mixed Media.

Surface Decoration

Here at Ceramic Forms we are big into surface decoration!

Whether its resists such as wax, paper or latex or coloured slip decoration like marbling, stencilling, spotting, feathering, sponging, slip trailing or maybe you’d like to try glazes with different finishes like gloss, reactive, crystalline, matt, satin or dry.  We have 60 + glazes available to students.

Beautiful mark marking can also be achieved by impressing with wallpaper, stones, shells, leaves, bark, textured rollers or fabric.  In addition,  surface techniques like inlaying, combing, sgraffito, carving, cutting, impressing, piercing, burnishing, modelling in relief, clay stamps or terra sigillata – can also be achieved.

Students of all levels can explore these surface decoration techniques.

Ceramic wall tile by Bernie Walsh, Dublin based ceramic class. Electric fired to 1260°C (Cone 8). www.ceramicforms.com
Coil built ceramic vase by Cleo O'Neill, Dublin based ceramic class. Combustible mixed media detail. Electric fired to 1260°C (Cone 8). www.ceramicforms.com
Paper resist and coloured slip decoration in multiple layers by Emily O'Byrne. Dublin based weekend workshop. Electric fired to 1260°C (Cone 8). www.ceramicforms.com

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